The five officers who were fatally shot in Dallas, Texas, on July 7 have been unofficially identified.
The victims of the shooting were Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer Brent Thompson, Dallas Police officers Patrick Zamarripa and Michael Krol, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens and Michael J. Smith, the Daily Mail reported.
Zamarripa’s last message on Twitter was on July 4: "Happy Birthday to the greatest country on the face of this planet. My beloved America!"
DART police chief James Spiller said Thompson was “courageous” and a “great guy.”
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Tributes also came from relatives of the officers.
“No father should have to bury his son," Zamarripa’s step-brother Dylan Martinez wrote on Twitter. "You are a hero, Patrick. Love you man."
Three other DART officers, Misty McBride, Omar Cannon, and Jesus Retana, were injured in the gunfire, but all are expected to make a recovery. Another four unidentified officers were also shot, and two civilians were injured. One of them was a mother who protected her child from the bullets until police came to her aid.
A single gunman, 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson, was responsible for the attack. He told authorities he was “upset at white people” after the shootings of two African American men on July 5 and 6. Johnson also said he was an army veteran.
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The five deaths represent the greatest single loss of life for law enforcement since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement,” President Barack Obama said from Warsaw, Poland, on July 8, according to CNN. “Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done.”
“Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices they make for us,” Obama added. “We also know when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately, it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic.”
This latter remark was widely interpreted as a criticism of lax gun laws, CNN reported.
Black Lives Matter advocates also condemned the killings, saying they advocated “dignity, justice and freedom. Not murder.”
“Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday's attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman,” The Black Lives Matter Network said in a July 8 statement reported by the Daily Mail.
“To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible," the group added. "We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us."